Texting While Driving Ban in Trouble


Florida is one of only a few states that have no laws on the books when it comes to texting while driving.

"There is only three states that have done nothing on texting. Florida, Montana and Hawaii," said Rep. Jared Moskowtiz.

And it could stay that way. After lengthy discussions about the benefits of the ban.

"What we're really doing here is empowering our parents and our Driver Ed teachers," said Rep. Doug Holder.

State House members could have sent the legislation to the Governor. Instead an unfriendly amendment was offered, taking away a prosecutor's ability to use your phone to prove you guilty.

"Any law that seeks to give up our civil liberties, or ask us to, I will look to amend so it doesn't do that," said Rep. Jose Oliva.

That got others questioning motives.

"We're going to jeopardize a good bill," said Rep. Moskowitz.

"Unfortunately I think it's really about slowing down a life saving bill," said Rep. Irv Slosberg.

The move so surprised the Senate sponsor, she came to the House to decry the move.

Back and forth went the debate.

"Is protecting our civil liberties important. Who's gonna say no?" asked Rep. Ben Albritton.

After all the drama, the House didn't take the final vote that's going to take another day putting the texting bill in even bigger jeopardy.

Senate Sponsor Nancy Detert was blindsided. Now she has a choice to make.

"Do we want the watered down, watered down version or do we want nothing. That's my choice," said Sen. Detert.

Three days remain for lawmakers to act.

Texting ban has failed five years in a row. This would be the sixth year.


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